The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released updated market saturation data, revealing the number of skilled nursing providers and fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries in each state.
Texas, California, and Ohio had the highest number of providers, according to the data set period between October 2015 through September 2016. California and Texas lost some providers in the latest data set compared to the previous set, which had a reporting period from July 2015 through June 2016. Ohio gained providers over the same time periods.
Some states, including Iowa and Alabama, lost enough providers to push them down a category in the data set, which ranks states and counties for selected metrics by quartile.
The skilled nursing numbers represent just one health care facility type; CMS also provides detailed data about hospices, ambulances, and hospitals, among other providers. CMS uses the information to monitor market saturation to prevent fraud, waste and abuse, the agency said — as well as to explore the relationship between availability of given services and their associated usage rates.
Review the full data set, and play with the wide set of parameters and provider types, here.
Written by Amy Baxter